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Author Topic: New image file size restriction and attachment size limit ! Please read !  (Read 19387 times)

Offline hartiberlin

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Hi ALL,
due to bug inside the forum software and the backup problem
with the increasing  attachment size folder ( which is now already 4.5 GigaBytes big)
I have deceided to reduce the file attachment size to
50 Kbytes maximum per file.

This has the advantage, that every picture attachment must be smaller or equal
50 Kbytes, which is okay for e.g. 800x600 JPEG pics at
a good enough compression rate.

Please if you don?t have any freeware image software use
something like
www.Irfanview.com
or
www.Gimpshop.com
or
www.Picasa.com
for your image editing software and then compress your digital pictures
to less than 50 Kbytes before uploading them to over here.

This also has the advantage, that people with slow dialup
connection or PDAs with slow GPRS connection will
be able to see your pictures.

So learn how to compress your JPEG pictures.

Also be sure to upload your Pictures with a unique filename
as it might be, that generic filenames are already uploaded and
new pictures must have a unique filename which is not already in
the attachment folder.

If you have bigger files like PDF files
please use free services like

www.megaupload.com
or
www.rapidshare.de

to upload your bigger files and just post the
link to the files over here.

This will save me very much work for
backup and ensures the forum to continue to work
without trouble.

If you want to upload videos, please upload them
to
www.youtube.com
and just post the links over here.

As I will soon have a new video section over here,
where I will have a videoportal of the  best free energy related Youtube videos,
Youtube video uploads are the preferred methods to share
videos.

Hope this helps and reduces the trouble to download bigger files...

Many thanks for understanding and your support.

Regards, Stefan.

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Offline Localjoe

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@stefan

Is there any way you could bump a few of us higher. most pdf's i post are 100 k sometimes .. people like gabby dont need to post 300 pics on one page in the lee tesung thread thats where your space problem is .. i make sure to encode to gif whenever i can i just feel others are abusing the privilege  i mean can we pay pal you 5 bucks or something for some more file space here or 10 dollars something small to help with costs and alleviate the problem. Also im sure you could get the rest of the fourm including myself to pay for a new backup drive or someting along those lines for you .. the new western digitals are 500 gig and on sale at new egg.com for 100 dollars.
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Hi Joe,
the problem is not the storage space,
but the FTP download backup problems.

With 4.5 GB of attachment files it takes ages
to download all the attachment folder.

Also there is a problem with the current version
of the forum software that sometimes there is a bug,
when someone edits a posting where a big file size picture is attached.

For uploading bigger PDF files you still can use
megaupload.com
or
rapidshare.de

Many thanks for understanding.


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Offline Localjoe

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Stefan,

Again today i find myself zipping sometign trying to make the limit and im 20 k too much ..
The great things that get posted here and the folks who do it are getting irritated and just not posting the pics or discoveries at all. This is skrewed up, is there some way we can pay you or have soemeone else deal with the backup in a crc verified way.  I just feel this site will go down the tubes quick withouth the ability to attach small things say under 500 k ,
 I mean we all cant have like a 10 meg limit or something total for our accts so wed have to remove old before posting new if no space was left.. that would deal with the morons who cant save to a normal file type like gif or jpeg.

  I really understand where your comming from but now im sitting here in our earth battery thread of a hunderd and some odd pages now and i cant even attach the new stuff i have.. I dont have time to go to file hosting place each time and deal with the tags, a lot will just choose to not post as well ..

 IT SUCKS OVERALL IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT.  CAN WE PAY YOU FOR SPACE OR TO GO BACK TO HOW THIS FOURM WAS .. PLEASE
                                                                                  Joe

PS My RoadRunner cable modem will download 4 gig an hr... so an hr and 10 mins backup isnt that bad i pay the base rate of 50 bucks a month i think its someting along the lines of 7- 8 mbit  i always heard in europe that internet was cheaper and faster .

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Quote
We can no longer upload images or we will have to shrink them to a pathetic size!!!


Hi All,
if you use the right tools like the free
www.Irfanview.com
you can still generate nice 800x600 or 1024x768 sized GIF or JPEG pictures that are less than
50 Kbytes !

If you use schematics or colored hand drawn pictures then use the GIF format and reduce the color deepth just to 16 colors,
that will reduce the amount of file size considerably.

Also I did now enable the download Manager for uploads.

There you can now upload 5 Mbytes big files over here:

http://www.overunity.com/index.php?action=tpmod;dl

Or just click in the left menu
Downloads
and then browse into the category

Pictures
General Documents and File
or
Movies

and then click at the right upper side the
Upload
text to upload your file.

Then you can link to this attachment via your posting.

This way I can differentiate between
attached small 50 Kbytes images directly attached in a posting
and a bigger file uploaded in the download manager.
This is then easier to handle for the backup.

Hope this helps.

Regards, Stefan.

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Offline Localjoe

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@Stefan

Thank You ;D ;D ;D ;D  Theres always a happy medium to be found. 

Offline amigo

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Stefan,

I know this is your call but please let me share some professional advice.

For starters, I would suggest to at least bump the attachment size to 80-100KB. Photos compressed at level 2 or 3 in Photoshop at 800x600 look like poor screen grabs of some low-res YouTube video...and there's no way you can make them fit 50KB without serious artifacts.

Next, there is a problem with the forum attachments posting. When you try to make a post with several attachments, if one of them is larger than the maximum allowed size, other uploaded attachments remain on the disk and do not get removed.
After you correct the over sized file and try to make the post again you get a message that file(s) already exists. This is a serious shortcoming of this forum software and is unacceptable from a usability point of view.

Also, I do not understand why are you downloading *all* of the attachments when you should only do incremental backups. It is a waste of your time getting the same files over and over again. I suspect that among those 4.5GB of attachments there are many dead/unlinked ones because of the issue I have outlined above.

Please consider switching to vBulletin forum. It is $160 for an owned license and it simply works. It is kept up to date with fixes and patches plus there is a gigantic community offering all kinds of free add-ons.

I am willing to donate you some money to help cover the purchase of vBulletin license and I am sure others here would be quite happy to pitch in a few $ to help.

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Offline hartiberlin

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Hi Amigo,
I don?t want to switch from SMF/TP,
cause I really like it.

I enabled now encrypted Filename savings,
so you can upload the same filenames,
without being any hassle.

Okay, in an emergency it is more complicated to restore
the database, but you are correct, it was annoying,
that sometimes you had to rename the file names, just
to get them uploaded, when at the first try it timed out.

Hope this works now much better for us all.

The forum is now again faster again, as the
last days there were some issues with the server cluster I am on.

Regards, Stefan.

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@ Stefan:

I appreciate the way that you respond to our issues and actually listen to us.  Thank you.

Bill

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Thanks Stefan :)

Offline hartiberlin

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I lifted up the attachment file size limit from
50Kbytes
to now
100 Kbytes.
So it is a bit easier to post bigger pictures.

So please scale your pics with a free image processing
program  like
www.Irfanview.com
to about 800x600 size as JPEG format
and save them with about 50 to 60 % compression.

Then you will get pics that are under 100 Kbytes in file size.


Hope this helps.

Regards, Stefan.

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Offline hartiberlin

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Re: New image file size restriction and attachment size limit ! Please read !
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2008, 12:20:13 AM »
I have raised the maximum file size attachment per posting now to 250 KBytes.

This should be enough for very nice  1024x768 resolution pics  in JPEG format.

Also now you can again edit your former postings. I have reenabled this.

Regards, Stefan.

Offline hartiberlin

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I have raised it to 300 Kbytes now.

Regards, Stefan.

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Re: New image file size restriction and attachment size limit ! Please read !
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2010, 10:18:44 PM »
I posted my question elsewhere, however I would like to mention that, when using the GIMP image tool, ..you can save a high quality JPG and preview the compression level, notice the differences.  In photos where there is not text or information which needs to be read, then the effects can drastically improve the size of an image without destroying the content.

I can usually take an image from 300kb down to 45kb without noticeable deterioration, ..this is not the case with blueprints or circuit diagrams, as they are already very small and will exhibit ghosting or artifacts.

I believe this forum software has an ability to optimize some file formats ( with a plugin, it may be redundant and wasteful, but the original could possibly be linked as the filename while the displayed image is optimized.

If I had time, I would work on this myself, ..)

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Re: New image file size restriction and attachment size limit ! Please read !
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2012, 04:47:16 PM »
Stephen,

Just like the color of mars when it got out of hand. Give a 2 week notice so people can right click and copy what they want and delete it. Can't you put a 60 day timer on the posts? Then just back up the old files and offer a link to them in some free storage somewhere. Just like you did when you moved from yahoo. 4.5 gigs is just a DVD load. Anyone that wants it can have there own back up and they would use other bandwidth to do it. By the way, like your new look. It's clean and easy to find links. I say at least place some of the backup responsibility for backup of at least half of this to the members. I didn't mind backing up the old site at all.  I have it at my finger tips anytime I want it.

 

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